The month of may looked grim once again, with no single issue selling above 100,000 in the direct market.  This puts May down 14.3% from this time last year, but only 2.66% down from the number of issues sold compared to last month. On the plus side, graphic novel sales in the direct market were up nearly 5% from the month before.

Fear Itself #2 took the top spot, beating Flashpoint #1, both $3.99 comics – though it should be pointed out that Fear Itself #2 did have an additional week on the shelf compared to Flashpoint #1.    Marvel did take six of the top ten comics for the month, which means, once again, no other publisher besides the top two cracked the Top Ten.  The closest was Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #85, which came in at the very bottom of the Top 40.  Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, and IDW Publishing rounded out the Top Five publishers for the month when it comes to the Dollar Share perspective, but if you look at the total number of units sold, the ranking would be Marvel, DC, Image, IDW Publishing, and then Dark Horse.

Take the jump for the complete list of the Top 300 Comics sold in the direct market for May 2011, and remember our table is sortable and searchable, so you can run your own analysis.

Quantity RankIndexTITLEPRICECOMPANY
1174.85FEAR ITSELF #2$3.99MAR
2157.90FLASHPOINT #1$3.99DC
3136.82GREEN LANTERN #66$2.99DC
4123.60AVENGERS #13 FEAR$3.99MAR
5121.42FF #3$2.99MAR
6110.67GREEN LANTERN CORPS #60$2.99DC
7109.96FF #4$2.99MAR
8109.79BATMAN INCORPORATED #6$2.99DC
9109.52NEW AVENGERS #12$3.99MAR
10107.26AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #661$3.99MAR
11105.74AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #660$3.99MAR
12104.43BATMAN AND ROBIN #23$2.99DC
13101.45AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #662$3.99MAR
14100.00BATMAN #710$2.99DC
1599.69FLASH #12$2.99DC
1697.51UNCANNY X-MEN #537$3.99MAR
1796.16GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #10$2.99DC
1894.58X-MEN GIANT-SIZE #1$4.99MAR
1994.28SECRET AVENGERS #13 FEAR$3.99MAR
2093.90UNCANNY X-FORCE #9$3.99MAR
2191.99UNCANNY X-FORCE #10$3.99MAR
2291.63MIGHTY THOR #2$3.99MAR
2388.98MOON KNIGHT #1$3.99MAR
2487.03ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #158$3.99MAR
2584.83JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #57$2.99DC
2684.45X-MEN #11$3.99MAR
2783.66X-MEN LEGACY #248$2.99MAR
2881.80X-MEN LEGACY #249$2.99MAR
2981.31INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #504 FEAR$3.99MAR
3081.23CAPTAIN AMERICA #618$3.99MAR
3181.03WOLVERINE #9$3.99MAR
3280.13ACTION COMICS #901$2.99DC
3379.34ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #4$3.99MAR
3473.76VENOM #3$2.99MAR
3571.90DETECTIVE COMICS #877$2.99DC
3670.80JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 FEAR$2.99MAR
3769.91ASTONISHING X-MEN #37$3.99MAR
3869.84SUPERMAN #711$2.99DC
3968.22ASTONISHING X-MEN #38$3.99MAR
4068.17WALKING DEAD #85 (MR)$2.99IMA
4166.44BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #1$2.99DC
4266.13KIRBY GENESIS #0$1.00DYN
4363.17X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #1$2.99MAR
4463.04NEW MUTANTS #25$3.99MAR
4562.72FEAR ITSELF SPIDER-MAN #1$2.99MAR
4658.88BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #1$2.99DC
4758.59HULK #33$2.99MAR
4857.62GREEN ARROW #12 (BRIGHTEST DAY)$2.99DC
4956.84X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #2$2.99MAR
5053.90BIRDS OF PREY #12$2.99DC
5152.82RED ROBIN #23$2.99DC
5252.32INCREDIBLE HULKS #628$2.99MAR
5351.93FEAR ITSELF HOME FRONT #2$3.99MAR
5451.29JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #51$2.99DC
5551.02INCREDIBLE HULKS #629$2.99MAR
5650.83DEADPOOL #37$2.99MAR
5750.81SUPERMAN BATMAN #84$2.99DC
5850.09DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1$3.99MAR
5947.73DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #9$2.99MAR
6047.52DAREDEVIL REBORN #4$3.99MAR
6147.48X-23 #10$2.99MAR
6246.79ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1$2.99MAR
6346.13BATMAN BEYOND #5$2.99DC
6445.50THUNDERBOLTS #157$2.99MAR
6545.09AVENGERS ACADEMY #13$2.99MAR
6644.96X-FACTOR #219$2.99MAR
6744.91TEEN TITANS #95$2.99DC
6844.86FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT #1$2.99MAR
6944.70SUPERBOY #7$2.99DC
7044.66DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #9.1$2.99MAR
7143.65BATGIRL #21$2.99DC
7242.85ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #6$3.99MAR
7342.73AVENGERS ACADEMY #14$2.99MAR
7442.36BOOSTER GOLD #44$2.99DC
7542.02ANNIHILATORS #3$4.99MAR
7641.94LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #13$2.99DC
7741.20WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #6$3.99MAR
7840.43ADVENTURE COMICS #526$2.99DC
7940.13SECRET WARRIORS #27$2.99MAR
8039.79SILVER SURFER #4$2.99MAR
8139.01GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #23$2.99DC
8238.87SUPERGIRL #64$2.99DC
8337.95BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #518$2.99MAR
8437.31TITANS #35$2.99DC
8536.99GENERATION HOPE #7$2.99MAR
8636.89IRON MAN 2.0 #5 FEAR$2.99MAR
8736.42DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #7$2.99DC
8836.41HEROES FOR HIRE #6$2.99MAR
8936.17ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #1$3.99IDW
9035.82SECRET SIX #33$2.99DC
9135.35DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #8$2.99DC
9234.40STAR WARS JEDI DARK SIDE #1$2.99DAR
9334.05HERC #3 FEAR$2.99MAR
9434.04FABLES #105 (MR)$2.99DC
9533.93HELLBOY BEING HUMAN ONE SHOT$3.50DAR
9633.89BOYS #54 (MR)$3.99DYN
9733.89HEROES FOR HIRE #7$2.99MAR
9833.66AVENGERS ACADEMY GIANT-SIZE #1$7.99MAR
9933.49PUNISHERMAX #13 (MR)$3.99MAR
10033.15ZATANNA #13$2.99DC
10132.57STAR WARS LEGACY WAR #6$3.50DAR
10231.82STAR WARS DARTH VADER & LOST COMMAND #5$3.50DAR
10331.56HERC #2$2.99MAR
10431.24POWER GIRL #24$2.99DC
10530.88ASTONISHING THOR #4$3.99MAR
10629.82DEADPOOLMAX #8 (MR)$3.99MAR
10729.74JSA ALL STARS #18$2.99DC
10828.82AMERICAN VAMPIRE #15 (MR)$2.99DC
10927.70NAMOR FIRST MUTANT ANNUAL #1$3.99MAR
11027.58MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME #4$3.99MAR
11126.86SPAWN #207$2.99IMA
11226.69VAMPIRELLA #5$3.99DYN
11326.68STAND NO MANS LAND #4$3.99MAR
11426.48GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3$3.99IDW
11525.81WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #3$3.99DYN
11624.88GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #1$3.99IDW
11724.85CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST VENGEANCE #1$2.99MAR
11824.73VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION #1$3.99DYN
11924.72TRUE BLOOD TAINTED LOVE #4 (MR)$3.99IDW
12024.51GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #3 (MR)$3.99DYN
12124.36WALKING DEAD SURVIVORS GUIDE #2 (MR)$2.99IMA
12224.28CINDERELLA FABLES ARE FOREVER #4 (MR)$2.99DC
12324.13ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED #4$3.99MAR
12423.33ACTION COMICS #900$5.99DC
12523.31OUTSIDERS #39$2.99DC
12623.00CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #5$3.50DAR
12722.98SKAAR KING OF SAVAGE LAND #3$2.99MAR
12822.85MEGA MAN #1$2.99ARC
12922.81SPIDER-GIRL #7$2.99MAR
13022.80CHEW #27 (MR)$2.99IMA
13122.14SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #1$3.99IDW
13221.99CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST VENGEANCE #2$2.99MAR
13321.86KING CONAN SCARLET CITADEL #4$3.50DAR
13421.83NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #10$2.99MAR
13521.69COBRA ONGOING #1$3.99IDW
13621.26BPRD DEAD REMEMBERED #2$3.50DAR
13720.22UNWRITTEN #25 (MR)$2.99DC
13820.20HAWKEYE: BLIND SPOT #4$2.99MAR
13920.16IMAGE FIRSTS INVINCIBLE #1 (MR)$1.00IMA
14019.51RUSE #3$2.99MAR
14119.36ARTIFACTS #7$3.99IMA
14219.36WITCHBLADE #144$4.99IMA
14319.18IZOMBIE #13 (MR)$2.99DC
14419.02WOLVERINE HERCULES MYTHS MONSTERS AND MUTANTS #3$2.99MAR
14518.82HELLRAISER #2 (MR)$3.99BOO
14618.68JONAH HEX #67$2.99DC
14718.37GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #166$3.99IDW
14818.31TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #19$3.99IDW
14918.30IRREDEEMABLE #25$3.99BOO
15018.15REBELS #28$2.99DC
15118.15STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 (MR)$7.99DC
15218.05SUPER DINOSAUR #2$2.99IMA
15317.66YOUNG JUSTICE #4$2.99DC
15417.59CROSSED PSYCHOPATH #2 (MR)$3.99AVA
15517.53LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #5$3.99AVA
15617.49CAPTAIN AMERICA HAIL HYDRA #5$2.99MAR
15717.42SIGIL #3$2.99MAR
15817.16HELLBLAZER #279 (MR)$2.99DC
15917.16THUNDER AGENTS #7$2.99DC
16017.11DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS #7$3.99IDW
16116.89GFT DREAM EATER CROSSOVER (PT 1) #1$5.99ZEN
16216.88DOOM PATROL #22$2.99DC
16316.74GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #4$2.99ZEN
16416.64WITCHFINDER LOST & GONE FOREVER #4$2.99DAR
16516.42WEIRD WORLDS #5$3.99DC
16616.14POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #5$2.99MAR
16715.90MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #2$3.50ARA
16815.89OZMA OF OZ #6$3.99MAR
16915.57SUPER DINOSAUR ORIGIN SPECIAL #1$2.99IMA
17015.54GFT DREAM EATER SAGA CROSSOVER PRELUDE$1.99ZEN
17115.3830 DAYS OF NIGHT NIGHT AGAIN #1$3.99IDW
17215.34HACK SLASH #4 (MR)$3.50IMA
17315.29FREEDOM FIGHTERS #9$2.99DC
17415.23JOHN BYRNE NEXT MEN #6$3.99IDW
17515.18SWEET TOOTH #21 (MR)$2.99DC
17615.17GRIMM FAIRY TALES #59$2.99ZEN
17715.10RED SONJA #56$3.99DYN
17814.94TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #68 (MR)$2.95BRO
17914.94X-MEN EARTH'S MUTANT HEROES #1$4.99MAR
18014.72ANGEL YEARBOOK ONE SHOT$7.99IDW
18114.60INCORRUPTIBLE #18$3.99BOO
18214.56SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #224$2.99ARC
18314.48XOMBI #3$2.99DC
18414.24TINY TITANS #40$2.99DC
18514.15MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #4$3.50DAR
18613.89SPIKE #8$3.99IDW
18713.70AXE COP BAD GUY EARTH #3$3.50DAR
18813.61DOCTOR WHO ONGOING VOL 2 #5$3.99IDW
18913.38PLANET OF THE APES #2$3.99BOO
19013.35TRANSFORMERS HEART OF DARKNESS #3$3.99IDW
19113.23QUEEN SONJA #16$3.99DYN
19213.08DUCKTALES #1$3.99BOO
19313.07DOC SAVAGE #14$2.99DC
19413.05DEATH OF ZORRO #3$3.99DYN
19512.98FEAR ITSELF #1$3.99MAR
19612.88LONE RANGER #25$4.99DYN
19712.87BREED III #1 (MR)$2.99IMA
19812.81GFT PRES TALES FROM NEVERLAND #1$4.99ZEN
19912.81NORTHLANDERS #40 (MR)$2.99DC
20012.69SIMPSONS COMICS #178$2.99BON
20112.66ROCKETEER #1 100 PENNY PRESS$1.00IDW
20212.55SPIRIT #14$2.99DC
20312.54HOUSE OF MYSTERY #37 (MR)$2.99DC
20412.51HACK SLASH EVA MONSTERS BALL #1 (MR)$3.99DYN
20512.47ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #7$2.99DC
20612.44SUICIDE GIRLS #2 (MR)$3.99IDW
20712.20SONIC UNIVERSE #28$2.99ARC
20812.19CARBON GREY #3 (MR)$2.99IMA
20911.99SPIDEY SUNDAY SPECTACULAR #1$3.99MAR
21011.61BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER #3 (MR)$2.99IMA
21111.48MAGDALENA (ONGOING) #6$3.99IMA
21211.28GLADSTONES SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS #1$2.99IMA
21311.21FUTURAMA COMICS #55$2.99BON
21411.00TOTAL RECALL #1$1.99DYN
21510.99RED SONJA REVENGE O/T GODS #3$3.99DYN
21610.92DOCTOR WHO FAIRYTALE LIFE #2$3.99IDW
21710.86SOLOMON KANE RED SHADOWS #2$3.50DAR
21810.81NONPLAYER #1 (MR)$2.99IMA
21910.68CHARMED #9$3.50ZEN
22010.65DMZ #65 (MR)$2.99DC
22110.56DARKWING DUCK #12$3.99BOO
22210.54SCIENCE DOG SPECIAL #2$3.50IMA
22310.47MORIARTY #1$2.99IMA
22410.34BLUE ESTATE #2 (MR)$2.99IMA
22510.25TRANSFORMERS RISING STORM #4$3.99IDW
22610.23DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DARK SUN #5$3.99IDW
22710.16NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD #5 (MR)$3.99AVA
22810.0868 (SIXTY EIGHT) #2$3.99IMA
2299.94NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD DEATH VALLEY #2 (MR)$3.99AVA
2309.81BRIMSTONE #1 (MR)$3.25ZEN
2319.75TRANSFORMERS 3 MOVIE PREQUEL FOUNDATION #4$3.99IDW
2329.55RED SPIKE #1$1.00IMA
2339.48SPIDER-MAN #14$2.99MAR
2349.46STAN LEE SOLDIER ZERO #8$3.99BOO
2359.35KICK-ASS 2 #1 (MR)$2.99MAR
2369.25STAN LEE TRAVELER #7$3.99BOO
2379.03SPIDER-MAN POWER COMES RESPONSIBILITY #2$3.99MAR
2388.96DARKNESS FOUR HORSEMEN #4$3.99IMA
2398.90CABLE AND DEADPOOL MGC #1$1.00MAR
2408.82X-FORCE ANGELS AND DEMONS MGC #1$1.00MAR
2418.78SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #9$2.99DC
2428.78STAN LEE STARBORN #6$3.99BOO
2438.72GREEN HORNET AFTERMATH #2$3.99DYN
2448.72USAGI YOJIMBO #137$3.50DAR
2458.55SHERLOCK HOLMES YEAR ONE #4$3.99DYN
2468.55WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #18 (MR)$2.99IMA
2478.49RICHIE RICH #1$3.95APE
2488.39WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #19 (MR)$2.99IMA
2498.25WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #20 (MR)$2.99IMA
2508.20CAPTAIN AMERICA SPOTLIGHT$3.99MAR
2518.18WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #21 (MR)$2.99IMA
2528.0930 DAYS OF NIGHT #1 100 PENNY PRESS$1.00IDW
2538.06SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG #5$4.99BON
2547.98X-MEN SPOTLIGHT$3.99MAR
2557.96GREEN WAKE #2 (MR)$3.50IMA
2567.91MIGHTY SAMSON #3$3.50DAR
2577.85DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP #22$3.99BOO
2587.83TATTERED MAN ONE SHOT (MR)$4.99IMA
2597.83KATO ORIGINS #9 THE HELLFIRE CLUB$3.99DYN
2607.76ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #10$3.99DYN
2617.67LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK #1 BOOM BLAST ED$1.00BOO
2627.67FANTASTIC FOUR MGC #570$1.00MAR
2637.53NETHERWORLD #1 (MR)$3.99IMA
2647.41DC COMICS PRESENTS SON OF SUPERMAN #1$7.99DC
2657.38WOLVERINE ENEMY OF STATE MGC 20 #1$1.00MAR
2667.28FARSCAPE #19$3.99BOO
2677.23ORSON SCOTT CARDS SPEAKER FOR DEAD #5$3.99MAR
2687.16FORMIC WARS BURNING EARTH #5$3.99MAR
2697.13DRUMS #1$2.99IMA
2707.10UNDYING LOVE #2 (MR)$2.99IMA
2716.91LAST MORTAL #1$3.99IMA
2726.90DC COMICS PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN WILLWORLD #1$7.99DC
2736.90DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN DARK CITY #1$7.99DC
2746.72SKULLKICKERS #7$2.99IMA
2756.66ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS UNDERCITY #2$3.99IDW
2766.66ATOMIC ROBO DEADLY ART OF SCIENCE #5$3.50RED
2776.55SUPER HEROES #14$2.99MAR
2786.53DC COMICS PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1$7.99DC
2796.51ARCHIE #621$2.99ARC
2806.48IRREDEEMABLE INCORRUPTIBLE #1 BOOM BLAST ED$1.00BOO
2816.37AMORY WARS KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 #11$3.99BOO
2826.37CHIP N DALE RESCUE RANGERS #6$3.99BOO
2836.31UNCLE SCROOGE #403$3.99BOO
2846.25MICE TEMPLAR VOL 3 #4$2.99IMA
2856.22FAME GLEE GN ED$7.99BLU
2866.17ROUTE DES MAISONS ROUGES #4 (MR)$2.99GG
2876.07KUNG FU PANDA #1$3.95APE
2885.99WOLFSKIN HUNDREDTH DREAM #6 (MR)$3.99AVA
2895.99DC COMICS PRESENTS THE FLASH #1$7.99DC
2905.98ELEPHANTMEN #31 (MR)$3.99IMA
2915.77INFAMOUS #5$2.99DC
2925.74FALLEN ANGEL RETURN OF THE SON #4$3.99IDW
2935.64FF #2$2.99MAR
2945.64INFAMOUS #6$2.99DC
2955.5428 DAYS LATER #23$3.99BOO
2965.51SHONEN JUMP JUNE JULY 2011$4.99VIZ
2975.46STRANGE CASE OF MR HYDE #2$3.50DAR
2985.42SUPREME POWER MGC #1$1.00MAR
2995.30DONALD DUCK #366$3.99BOO
3005.29ROBERT E HOWARDS SAVAGE SWORD #2$7.99DAR

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2 Comments

  1. JG
    June 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Why would time on the shelf matter since these numbers are retailer and not reader orders?

  2. brenton8090
    June 20, 2011 at 6:32 am — Reply

    Do we really want to live in a world where Moon Knight beats Superman and the Walking Dead?

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